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‘Encountering the post-human corpse: death and digital technology’

It is with great excitement that we can announce that Manchester Metropolitan University’s Encountering Corpses series will have its 4th outing at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, on Saturday 10th November 2018 in Manchester Metropolitan University’s No.70 Building on Oxford Street.

For most, the concept of the dead as ‘present’ and mobile, rather than absent and static is something reserved to the confines of horror films. However, Professor Craig Young has been taking confrontations with corpses out of the realms of fantasy and into the city of Manchester with his Encountering Corpses project at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project, which has been going since 2014, explores the many ways in which we increasingly interact with the material remains of the dead in contemporary society.

In its fourth outing this year at the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the project turns its attention to a new theme. How have technological advances affected the ways in which we deal with dead bodies and synthetic humans?

Exploring everything from facial reconstruction, synthetic human bodies and digital autopsy, this year’s Encountering Corpses explores the theme of ‘Encountering the post-human corpse: death and digital technology’.


Two exciting keynote speakers will frame the day and provoke thought about death, the digital and synthetic humans:

  • Dr John Troyer of the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) will present an introductory keynote address that will highlight the issues around digital technology and death.
  • We are honoured to also welcome an international keynote from Associate Professor Erin E. Edwards of Miami University, author of ‘The Modernist Corpse‘. Erin will be introduced by Dr Matthew Foley, Lecturer in English at Manchester Met.

The day will also feature presentations, exhibits and hands-on activities from practitioners using various digital technologies:

  • Kathryn Smith, Caroline Wilkinson and Mark Roughley will talk about and exhibit facial reconstructions and related artworks from the exciting FaceLab project at Liverpool John Moore’s University.
  • David Garbutt of Salford University’s School of Health and Society and Michaela Barnard from the University of Manchester is the co-creator of the EndOLSim project will bring and discuss synthetic humans used in nursing training for palliative care.
  • Dr Gethin Evans of Healthcare Science at Man Met will talk about and demonstrate the use of digital autopsy tables. This technology will be available to interact with at the event.

You will also have the opportunity to attend or take part in a series of exhibits, videos, artworks and activities linked to the talks above:

  • FaceLab
  • Synthetic humans
  • Digital autopsy tables
  • Build your own skeleton!

The event is free to attend as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science

The 16th annual ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 3—10 November 2018 with over 300 free events nationwide. Run by the Economic and Social Research Council, the festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of the country’s leading social scientists to discover, discuss and debate how research affects their lives. With a range of creative and engaging events going on across the UK, there’s something for everyone including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies. The full programme is available at: https://esrc.ukri.org/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/


Programme (these details are subject to change)

9.30 Arrival
9.45 Intro: Professor Craig Young (Manchester Met)
10am – Keynote Dr John Troyer (CDAS)
11am Panel

  • Kathryn Smith (Face Lab, LJMU)
  • Dr Gethin Evans (Manchester Met)
  • David Garbutt (Salford) and Michaela Barnard (University of Manchester)

12 noon - 2pm: Demo fair
Lunch own arrangements
3pm – Keynote Dr Erin Edwards (Miami)
4pm Closing discussion
5pm close

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